There are many ways to stay involved with the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. Alumni are strongly encouraged to consider attending a meeting of the EMS Advisory Board to help us set goals and plan for the future of the college. The College of EMS also hosts several outreach events during the year, including our annual EMS Expo, which are always in need of volunteers.


The objectives of the alumni chapter include the following:

  • Cultivate friendships and foster mutual aid among its members.
  • Advance the interests and standards of the engineering, mathematics, and science departments of the College of EMS of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
  • Promote a mutually beneficial relationship between the University and it's engineering, mathematics, and science alumni.
  • Receive, invest and use gifts, contributions, devises, and bequests of the money and/or real and personal property for the benefit of the engineering, mathematics, and science departments of the College of EMS of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Current Initiatives

The alumni chapter's current initiatives include the following:

  • Increase supporting member revenue.
  • Support the Geode publication by providing content and monetary support.
  • Improve documentation and organizational structure of the Alumni Board.
  • Review the Constitution and By-laws.
  • Increase the number of award nominations.

Get Involved

There are many ways that you can become involved as an alumni including becoming a supporting member, volunteer for events, or by joining the UW-Platteville Alumni Association.

Outstanding Alumni Awardees


Lauren Ray graduated in 2001 with a degree in civil engineering with a structural emphasis. This year marks her 20th anniversary at Origin Design (formerly IIW, P.C.), where she is Vice President. Her leadership positions at Origin Design have included Structural Department Team Leader, Land Development Department Team Leader, and she currently serves as the Field Services Department Team Leader. She has been a licensed Professional Engineer since 2006 and licensed Structural Engineer since 2007. Ray serves on UW-Platteville’s Civil Engineering Advisory Board and volunteers her time giving presentations in UW-Platteville classrooms and taking part in the Engineering Seminar Series. Her volunteer work in her community includes a recently completed term on the Shullsburg School District Board, a coach on the Shullsburg Miners Trap Team, and more. 


Samantha Kevern graduated in 2005 with a degree in civil engineering with a structural emphasis before earning her master’s degree in the same field from Iowa State University. Her career has spanned the fields of forensic engineering, construction and demolition engineering, and bridge engineering. Kevern is currently a Senior Project Engineer at HNTB Corporation. She is a licensed Professional Structural Engineer in Nebraska and Nevada and a Professional Engineer in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, New York, and California. She volunteers with the American Society of Civil Engineers and with a variety of STEM education outreach events for school-aged children, with a particular focus on introducing girls to STEM. Kevern also serves on UW-Platteville’s Civil Engineering Advisory Board. 


Taryn Nall graduated in 1975 with a degree in civil engineering, before earning his master’s degree in the same field from Marquette University. Nall worked in the wastewater and water facilities field for 44 years. Nall was a corporate officer for Kaempfer & Associates, Inc. for 30 years, and is currently Senior Project Manager for Wastewater and Water Projects at Ruekert-Mielke. He holds a Professional Engineer license in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan and is a lifetime member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, and the Wisconsin Wastewater Operator Association. Nall supports scholarships for Oconto Falls High School graduates to attend UW-Platteville and has hired several UW-Platteville graduates throughout his career. 

Emeriti Awardee


Dr. Lynn Schlager retired as professor of mechanical engineering in 2017 after seven years in industry and a 28-year teaching career, the last 19-and-a-half at UW-Platteville. During his time at UW-Platteville, he was active in developing the ME thermal science laboratory curriculum and was involved with several student groups, including First Robotics, Tau Beta Pi, and ASHRAE. Honors include the EMS Outstanding Academic Advisor Award and Pi Tau Sigma Outstanding Professor Award. After a sabbatical in Nicaragua, he led a number of short-term education abroad trips there, having students work with a local women's cooperative to build and implement renewable energy technologies. He was also actively involved with community service, sitting on the Platteville Water and Sewer Commission and being elected to the Platteville School Board. After his retirement, he continued to give back to the college and provide support as needed. He has offered tutoring to students in thermodynamics courses, taught spring of 2019 to cover a maternity leave, and in the current semester is filling in while the course instructor awaits immigration paperwork.  


Dr. Jeff Hoerning, retired from UW-Platteville in 2020, following more than 15 years of service in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He was a full professor and also served as a mentor for the Society of Automotive Engineering student organization for many years, providing leadership to countless students in national competitions. He also assumed leadership roles within the College of EMS, including one as interim associate dean. Prior to his time at UW-Platteville, he was and instructor and shop instructor at UW-Madison. 

Friend of the College


Bill Huff and Family

Bill Huff graduated in 1959 with a degree in mining engineering. He worked as an engineer for Kaiser Steel Corporation and North American Rockwell, before launching a successful real estate investment company, Huff Properties, in 1962. Huff is one of the largest financial supporters of the College of EMS. He and his family foundation have supported the university, students, staff, and faculty in multiple ways, including providing individual $1,000 scholarships to students from Dubuque Senior and Lancaster high schools; sponsoring the construction of Engineering Hall, where a classroom now bears his name; creating the Huff Family Scholarship Fund; and establishing the Huff Family Innovation Center Fund, which supports the Huff Family Innovation Center in the new Sesquicentennial Hall. 


Strand Associates, on behalf of Matt Richards

Strand Associates, Inc.® has had a long-standing relationship with UW-Platteville and the College of Engineering, Math, and Science. The firm currently employs nearly 50 UW-Platteville alumni, including its current president and CEO, Matt Richards, '91. Members of the firm have served in many capacities on campus, including on academic advisory boards and alumni and foundation boards, participating as guest speakers, serving as mentors, continuing to recruit UW-Platteville graduates, providing faculty assistantships, and sponsoring senior design projects. In addition to the endowed scholarship established by Strand Associates, Inc.® to support students pursuing civil and environmental engineering, alumni and friends employed by the firm have established an endowed fund to provide hands-on experiences and student support services for all students within the College of EMS. The firm also made a major gift to support the College of EMS' Center for Projects, Opportunities, Instruction, Networking, and Teamwork (CenterPOINT)—a comfortable space for group work and tutoring, computer stations, and student resources. Strand Associates, Inc.® is one of the university's and the College of EMS' largest donors, making an annual major gift donation in support of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department to support its students, faculty, and staff. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Learn how the College of EMS is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion:

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EMS Dean's List

Every semester we recognize students with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher & 12 completed credits. 

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